Indo-US Symposium On Preventing Road Crash Injury Through Vehicle Safety Design

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Fatalities and injuries caused by vehicle-related crashes are assuming menacing proportions in India. The gross annual road fatalities of India exceed 100,000 and perhaps may grow. In USA, the total number of annual fatalities has stagnated in recent years after being reduced substantially from higher levels a number of years ago through the introduction of a range of safety measures including improving the passive safety features of vehicles. The current emphasis in the latter region for further reducing fatalities is aimed at incorporating innovative active safety countermeasures in vehicles so that crashes can be avoided in the first place. This latter aspect is perhaps even more relevant for the Indian context where better management of traffic in city premises as well as highways and enforcement of safe driving practices appear to be extremely difficult to achieve. Additionally, the advancement of restraint systems such as seat-belts, airbags, etc. which have been traditionally designed for adult occupants is necessary for the protection of children, smaller-sized adults, etc. who can represent a significant portion of vehicle occupants. In thickly-populated cities and rural highways in India, there is a great need to protect pedestrians against collision with vehicles, although to a lesser degree, the problem does exist in USA also. Buses represent a mode of transportation that is widely used as an affordable means of long distance traveling but has received scanty attention in terms of regulated safety both in terms of structural crashworthiness and occupant safety. The symposium is aimed at addressing the challenging crucial issue of reducing and preventing fatalities primarily through sustainable and innovative vehicle passive and active safety design by bringing together experts from USA and India. In this context, it is pointed out that the role of CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) which represents an indispensable enabling tool in vehicle body design and occupant injury prediction through complex biomechanical modeling will also be part of the symposium agenda.

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